CS010 Introduction to Computer Science I
Term Project
Deliverable Two


Cellular Automata:
Conway's Game of Life
(last updated 12/1/2005)


For the second project deliverable, you will implement a version of Conway's Game of Life.  Here is one of many many links you might find on the web.  The key notion of CGoL is that each cell lives or dies according to these simple rules:
You will want to think about how to decompose the problem into simple functional chunks.  You should define a grid type using Scheme vectors.  That is, the grid should be a (vectorof (vectorof cells)), where a cell is represents a life state as either 0 (dead) or 1 (live).  Naturally, you will want a function that displays a given grid.

Ultimately, you must write a function, cgol, that consumes a grid and a number; it simulates the game of life using the given grid for the given number of time steps, displaying the live cells after each generation.

The cgol function should create a canvas of the appropriate size based on the size of the given grid and your cell-size. Make sure that your code works according to the dimensions and initial values of the given grid.  That is, your code should work equally well with a grid that is 3-by-5 as with one that is 40-by-110.  On each time step, the life-status of each cell should be checked and updated, and then the grid should be redrawn.  As before, the grid should wrap from edge to edge, but also from top to bottom.  Make sure that the new life-status of one cell does not confuse the update of an adjacent cell.  This should not be a problem if you create a new grid on each cycle. 

Use the draw teachpack to display your grid, drawing circles or squares to represent living cells and leaving dead cells blank.  You should define a global variable, CELL-SIZE, that determines the width and height of a cell's graphical representation.  Your display functions should take this variable into account as it draws and clears cells as they live and die.  For example with given grid G, your canvas should be CELL-SIZE * (vector-length G) pixels tall, and CELL-SIZE * (vector-length (vector-ref G 0)) pixels wide.


To grade this deliverable, I will review your code (including contracts, purpose statements, indentation, etc.), and then call your cgol function.   Therefore, it is important that you follow the data definitions carefully.  I might use the following code:
(begin (set! CELL-SIZE 10) (cgol <my-own-grid-making-code> 500))
I hope you have fun with this.